UK Car Production Back At Pre-Recession Level
High demand for cars built in the UK has helped production return to pre-recession levels, according to industry figures.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said production soared last month and has now topped the one million mark for the year so far - 1.5 million over the past 12 months which is its best performance since 2008.
A total of 140,888 cars were built in the UK in September 2013 - 9.9% more than in September last year, the SMMT said.
But manufacturing of commercial vehicles slumped more than 27% as companies continued to hold back on investment - particularly on the continent.
A total of just 67,609 such vehicles have been produced in the year to date - down 17.9% on the first nine months of last year.
On the car production figures SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "Boosted by strong domestic demand, September's 9.9% rise in car manufacturing reinforces how the sector is one of the UK's biggest success stories of recent years.
"This year alone, more than £2.6bn has been committed across the UK automotive sector, from the supply chain to global car manufacturing brands.
"This long-term financial commitment and robust demand for UK-built products demonstrate the global appetite for high-quality, desirable products borne of the UK's world-class design, research and development and engineering."
Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the news, writing on Twitter: "Great to see a sharp rise in car manufacturing in the UK.
"More than a million cars have been made so far this year. #GlobalRace."
Mr Hawes went on: "Commercial production remained subdued in September, with continuing uncertainty in the EU and restructuring of UK operations.
"While the overall market is striving against tough conditions, there remains cause for optimism in some areas, with the truck sector out-performing the market in September."
The SMMT also announced that a total of 230,743 engines were manufactured in September - up 8.3% on the September 2012 figure.
Year-to-date growth of 1.2% sees UK engine output approach two million units for 2013.